A Brief Stop in Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

We left Louisville and headed north on I-65 toward Indianapolis  where we then got on     I-74 and headed west.  Since we needed  few things at Camping World we decided at the last minute to stop for the night at Lake Haven Retreat, an RV park just off the highway where we stayed during a visit to the Indianapolis area two years ago.  Since it is only about 130 miles from Louisville we arrive around noon, leaving the afternoon free.  We took advantage of a pleasant afternoon and  drove the Jeep into the city for a bike ride along the Central Indiana Canal.

The Central Indiana Canal was originally planned as a 300 mile waterway to connect the Wabash and Erie Canal to the Ohio River during the brief canal-building craze of the early 1800s (short lived due to the creation of railroads).  The only part of the canal completed was in Indianapolis and during the past few years a downtown section of this canal has been renovated.  It is now part of the cities park system and is lined with very nice shops and condos.  A biking-walking trail runs along both sides and connects with other trails running through the city.

We rode the canal path from its beginning on 10th Street to where it joins the White River Trail and followed that trail up-river for a few miles.

As we rode back toward the city we could see Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL Colts, in the distance, so we crossed back over the White River and headed in that direction.

Lucas Oil Stadium

The Old Washington Street Pedestrian Bridge over the White River

As we circled the stadium we spotted a sign advertising a tour beginning in a half hour.  So we purchased two tickets and looked around the Colts Pro Shop until the tour began.  Our tour guide left much to be desired but we did enjoy the tour, which took us from the press box high above the field, to the Colts’ locker room.

The view from the press box

The stadium has a retractable roof (two huge panels that retract) and a large window at one end framing the cities skyline, that also opens.

Our view with the roof and window closed

A picture on game day with the roof and window open

The Colts’ locker room

Quarterback lockers (Andrew Luck’s is on the left)

A retired player checks the turf

Indianapolis is a beautiful city with many cool things to see and do.  We need to come back some day and spend some significant time exploring some of these things.  But we want to keep heading west, so that will have to wait for another time.

Next up is a visit to the Quad Cities.  More on that later . . .

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29 Responses to A Brief Stop in Indianapolis

  1. debbiemc14 says:

    Very cool. I love a good city trip. The bike trails look wonderful. I use to live on the Erie Canal in NY. I didn’t know there was a canal in Indianapolis, and I’ve been there a couple of times.

    • placestheygo says:

      Where did you live along the Erie Canal, Debbie? We rode our bikes along a section of that canal last summer. The canal section in Indy is a 3 mile loop. It is on a smaller scale than the Erie Canal. But would be very nice to live along.

  2. Sarah says:

    I think I would enjoy a visit to Indianapolis, but I’d have to pass on a tour of the stadium. I’ve still never forgiven the Colts for deserting Baltimore in the middle of the night. (I grew up in Baltimore and still feel that way, even though I’m not a football fan!)

    • placestheygo says:

      My husband is a Baltimore Raven’s fan since we lived just across the border in PA. I thought he would feel the same way, but he was all right. It was an impressive facility.

  3. Sherry says:

    There is a theme here – baseball bats and now the Colts stadium. LOL! Love what they have done with the canal. Cities are really getting smart about “beautification”. Thanks for the tour. Safe travels.

  4. Gay says:

    I had to play catchup…sorry I missed the previous post. We did the Louisville Bat tour a few years ago before we actually started full timing.

    Indianapolis looks quite pretty…the trail along the canal is so green and what a skyline!

  5. Looks like a nice place to stretch your legs. That stadium is really nice, love how they can partially open it up if the weather is good. Westward Ho!

  6. Laurel says:

    I love how many cities are creating green spaces and walking/biking trails — my favorites are those that are along a river or canal. It adds so much to the enjoyment of a city experience for us. I know you guys are anxious to get out on the trails again in the West! How do you keep up your fitness when you’re away from the strenuous hiking that you love? We always try to get in at least 10,000 steps a day (as well as biking), but as you know, it’s not the same as real hiking — especially steep trails at high elevations!

    • placestheygo says:

      Well, Laurel, it’s easy…we don’t keep up! We walk whenever we can and ride bikes if it’s available, but we will suffer some when we get back on the trail. But it didn’t take us long to get right back into it last year:)

  7. I agree with you about cities getting better with creating biking/walking trails for that is what we have observed too. And its all the more that I missed my bike since everywhere we stopped a biking trails is available.!
    Thanks for the stadium tour, this one kind of tour we have not done so far.

  8. explorvistas says:

    We were there while they were building the stadium. I like it! It has a college field house feel to it. 🙂

  9. pmbweaver says:

    The canal and Pedestrian Bridge are gorgeous.
    Beautiful stadium. If you get to Dallas, be sure to take their tour. AWESOME!
    That retired player looks like he lost a lot of weight since he played lineman.

    • placestheygo says:

      After the tour I said I can’t imagine what the stadium in Dallas looks like! Maybe one day we will get there for a tour.

      Haha! Yes, that retired lineman has slimmed way down:)

  10. Jodee Gravel says:

    Great tour of the baseball bat “factory” in the last post, and glad Pam was able to squeeze in some Cody time! We want to see all the NFL stadiums even if we can’t get a tour. The Colts’ looks pretty sweet. We’re near Seattle for a couple weeks so Seahawks will be our first 🙂 Wonderful pics of the bike trail, they should be in the city’s brochure!

    • placestheygo says:

      Thanks, Jodee:) I hope you get to tour the Seahawk’s stadium. The only other football stadium we’ve seen was the Packers. If you ever get in the Green Bay area, that is a really neat stadium and a little different because the people own it, not some wealthy men. My Cody time was wonderful!! It will be awhile before I see him again:(

  11. frankeeg says:

    I enjoyed your visit to the stadium especially noting the huge retractable roof and windows.I also enjoyed the bat making history. So glad you are continuing your travels.

  12. LuAnn says:

    We have been on this bike trail a few times since Terry’s sister lives in just outside of Indy. It is a lovely part of the city. We have never been to the stadium. Thanks for the tour.

    • placestheygo says:

      We have been to Indy twice now for short visits and really enjoyed both. Next time we want to stay north of the city and spend some time in the Carmel area. Glad we could show you the Colts’ stadium:)

  13. Pam says:

    Indianapolis does look like a good city to tour I’ve been meaning to stop on my way through to Kentucky sometime but keep ending up deciding to keep driving!

  14. allisonmohr says:

    I can not get over the size of the football stadium. It is just enormous. That’s a nice looking downtown area. It’s good to get out on your bicycles.

  15. Interesting post! Will have to plan a trip…..

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